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Towards Automated Interactions between the Internet and the Carrier-Grade Management Ecosystems (ONE)
Start date: Sep 1, 2010, End date: Aug 31, 2013 PROJECT  FINISHED 

There is a wide consensus among telecom vendors and operators that the next decade will see a mélange of evolving Internet architectures embedded into high-bandwidth technologies and carrier-grade systems for control and management. The combined Internet Protocol (IP) and Ethernet-based optical transport solutions are expected to drastically lower capital and operational expenses and improve overall network performance. Central to this premise is the concept of autonomic network management, offering a radical improvement in the way Internet can interact with the transport layers, making automated use of available capacity and physical interconnectivity.Unfortunately, practice lags far behind this promise. The segmentation of IP and carrier-grade technologies has not only produced the carrier's organizational separation, but also a fragmentation of the technical competence through separate Network Management Systems (NMSs). In the isolated Internet and carrier-grade management ecosystems, even simple operations, such as IP link upgrades, require multiple human-assisted configurations, and are far from automation. As a result, carriers are seeking ways to alleviate the dependency on manual processes that do not only create management expenditures, but also lead to a heavy overprovision of the IP network.In the project ONE, we propose to alleviate the current isolation between the IP and carrier-grade management ecosystems. As first step towards a commercially-viable autonomic management solution, we plan to design and prototype an ontology-based communication adapter between the two NMS systems, enabling: i) automated provisioning of IP topologies and services; ii) policy-based setup/release of resources; and iii) coordinated self-healing. We emphasize that the solution does not aim to integrate the NMSs, but it should enable their communication, and thus effectively exploit a set of common objectives as they evolve in future systems.

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